THE RELEVANCE OF BUDDHA’S TEACHINGS IN MODERN ERA IS TREMENDOUS. These teachings are always relevant. These are never outdated.
RELEVANCE OF BUDDHA’S TEACHINGS IN MODERN ERA.
Recently a friend asked this question. In order to arrive at a conclusion, we will analyze the teachings in detail. These teachings are a way to solve the problems of suffering in day to day life.
All the feelings of pleasure and suffering arise and cease in every human mind.
Actually, the problem is that due to ignorance we fail to understand the actual reasons for suffering. Lord Buddha taught to contemplate the following four conditions.
1. What is suffering?
2. What is it causes.
3. How to end them.
4. The way leading to end them.
The suffering arises from the human nature of grasping and attach. Certainly, the worldly phenomena have a nature of constant changes. Due to ignorance to accept this universal reality we try to cling the conditions we like. On the other hand, we develop a feeling of aversion for the conditions which we dislike. Specifically, we do not accept this universal nature of all the worldly phenomena. Therefore, a mental feeling of suffering arises and cease constantly.
CAUSES OF SUFFERING:
He had taught the perception of not self. He emphasizes that neither our body nor the other things belong to us. All the human being are attached to the idea of self. The attachment of self-caused the mental feeling of suffering.
END OF SUFFERING:
In order to end suffering, we would have to accept the fact of not-self. It is a true fact that every human body belongs to nature. It comprises the five aggregates of earth, water, air, fire, and space. This true understanding will certainly help us to end all of the mental feelings of suffering.
THE WAY LEADING TO END THEM:
We would certainly, be able to overcome this problem by following THE NOBLE EIGHTFOLD PATH taught by him.
We would have to follow the path by developing the right awareness and wisdom.